Sandra Ramos': 90 Miles: Living In The Vortex

Living in the Vortex


Sandra Ramos’s: 90 Miles: Living In The Vortex.

Opening reception is Saturday August 13th, 2011. 7:30 PM – 10:30PM 

Dot Fiftyone is pleased to present, 90 Miles: Living In The Vortex, a solo show by Havana-based artist, Sandra Ramos, one of the most renowned Cuban Contemporary artists. This will be the first solo exhibition for the artist with Dot Fiftyone and the second solo show presentation in our city, the first being in 2003.

The show takes its name from the core artwork in the exhibition 90 Miles[1]. It consists of a 32-foot poetic installation that works as a symbolic bridge between Havana and Miami. The allegoric walkway is composed of twelve pictures of the Straits of Florida taken by the artist from an airplane during her trip from Havana to Miami in May 2011. The pieces are displayed in light boxes, which the public can walk on, representing the possibility of overcoming more than half a century of separation, anguish and differences in the Cuban recent history.


Focused on the sea as a connecting curatorial thread, the show features two series: “Sea of Sorrows” (2004), and “Secret Fears” (2011). These beautifully crafted series deal with the unique reverie-like atmosphere that typifies Sandra Ramos’ autobiographical universe in which impossibility, solitude and chimera are essential elements. 

The exhibition includes three animation videos addressing the obsession of escape at any cost.

The show is curated by Miami-based art critic and curator Janet Batet, who explains: “The passage on the bridge is a quasi-mystical experience. Under our feet, we can feel the weight of that sort of Styx, as the Straits of Florida to the Cuban identity, while -as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz- we realize that we are finally ready to come back Home.”

About the Artist

Sandra Ramos is one of the most renowned Cuban Contemporary leading artists. Her autobiographical groundbreaking universe deals with the pressing issue of the Cuban Diaspora and split identity. 

Born in Havana in October 1969, she studied Fine Arts at the Higher Institute of Arts of Cuba. Her work is in public and private collections among them: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; MOMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana; Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Florida; MAM Miami Art Museum, Miami; Ludwig Forum fur Kunst, Aachen; Fuchu Art Museum in Tokyo and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna. 

Following the opening reception, gallery hours will be Monday-Friday, 12 P.M. to 7 P.M. On Saturdays private viewings will be available by appointment 

Further information regarding the exhibitions is available by calling (305) 573-9994, via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and online at


[1] The installation 90 Miles, produced during the artists recent visit atFountainHead Residency, is part of a series of two identical bridges. This fist bridge will remain in Miami; the second one, that will be produced and remain in Havana, will be shown in Sandra Ramos’ solo exhibition at MNBA Museum of Fine Arts in Havana during the Havana Biennial in March 2012. 


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